'Habagat', shallow LPA to bring rains

Posted at 09/19/2012 7:28 AM | Updated as of 09/19/2012 11:28 AM

MANILA, Philippines – The southwest monsoon (habagat) and a shallow low pressure area over the East Philippine Sea are expected to bring rains over most parts of the country, a state weather forecaster said on Wednesday.

Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) forecaster Aldczar Aurelio said the SLPA, spotted 280 kilometers east of Infanta, Quezon at 4 a.m., has a slim chance of developing into a tropical cyclone.

Nonetheless, the SLPA is forecast to dump rains over parts of Luzon and Visayas. Rains are also expected from the southwest monsoon, Aurelio said.

Based on PAGASA's 24-hour weather forecast for Wednesday, Metro Manila will experience occasional light to moderate rains and thunderstorms.

Meanwhile, Palawan, Visayas and Mindanao will have cloudy skies with occasional moderate to heavy rains and thunderstorms. The rest of southern Luzon will experience occasional light to moderate rains and thunderstorms.

Northern and central Luzon, on the other hand, will have partly cloudy skies with brief rains or thunderstorms, mostly in the afternoon or evening.